Rep. Rob Bishop was the last of Utah's four representatives to address the current session of the Utah Legislature, but his message didn't deviate much from the thematic elements broached by his House colleagues: bigger isn't better especially when it comes to government.
The Republican told the senators Monday that great caution should be observed with the federal government's push for common core a set of education standards that would tie federal money to local districts. Participation is voluntary by the states, but Bishop said it was a "hook" designed to drag the state into answering to the federal government.
"They're trying to get you to buy into this," Bishop said. "If you go through their program and buy into their waiver of No Child Left Behind ... you should be concerned."